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Rebuilding Team Dynamics

One of the most glorious things about working in a team is that everyone is different. One of the most challenging things about working in a team is that everyone is different. Both of these statements are true. Tricky, isn’t it? And then we add a global pandemic into the mix. Some of your staff ...
Hybrid teams in the new normal

Leading your Hybrid Team

Remember the good old days when you could get the headlines on a new project’s progress in the morning team meeting? Get to grips with how a new team member is settling in over coffee? Share new ideas in creative brainstorming meetings? Celebrate successes with an early Friday finish rounded ...
Embrace working from home

Embrace Remote Working

In 2015 ONS statistics showed that 4.2 million people across a variety of sectors were working from home. In April 2020 the ONS released figures showing 49.2% of adults in employment were working from home as a result of social distancing measures. In Buffers 2019 State of Remote Work Report 99% ...
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Let’s Go Fly A Kite

Let’s Go Fly A Kite” George Banks, 1964 Play is a waste of time and energy. Play is for kids. We are grown-ups and we have a job to get on with! So there. During my time as Learning and Development Manager with TransPennine Express, one of my responsibilities was to organise ...
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Working from Home

For many of us still working, the kitchen tables is our new office, the sofa our new break-out area. It’s a strange time and we’re learning to navigate the joys of sharing overloaded wi-fi with socially-starved teenagers, furloughed partners participating in endless Zoom quizzes and sugar-laden tweens begrudgingly star-jumping with ...
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Giving Feedback – Brave Conversations

A few years ago I was working on a joint project with a colleague in a similar role to me within our wider team – we’d allocated out the work we would each complete, and as we were based in different parts of the country we liaised mainly over email. Partway ...
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Presentation Skills

I travel around various organisations supporting people who want to get better at presenting. Some are presenting for the first time; others are experienced presenters but want to be more engaging or have more impact when they communicate to others. This blog is designed to help anyone who is going to ...
why worry about worry

Why You Should Be Worried About Worry

Every year, in November, we have National Stress Awareness Day – a good way to raise awareness for what is becoming an epidemic in the working world. This week we’ve been thinking about what might be the cumulative impact of worry on productivity. How can tackling worry on an individual level ...